Sony Confirms PlayStation 5 Launching Holiday 2020

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In an exclusive article by Wired, Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan confirmed two important details for Sony’s next console: It’s called the PlayStation 5, and it’s releasing in Holiday 2020.

Sony initially announced their new, then-officially-unnamed console back in April, along with several details including a Solid State Drive for instant game loading and ray tracing support for advanced lighting features. Sony skipped the E3 convention this year for the first time, leaving us with many questions for several months.

One of those newly answered questions revolves around the unnamed controller, which is a lot like the Dualshock 4 but with haptic feedback instead of rumble. “With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” writes Ryan. “You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”

The PlayStation 5 controller will also feature adaptive trigger buttons. Developers can program the L2 and R2 trigger buttons to create different tactile sensations, such as the difference between drawing back a bow and arrow or firing a machine gun.

Developers have been working with the PS5 devkit for some time, but the controller prototypes have only just started getting into developers’ hands. The new controller could have been included as early as the PS4 Pro, but Sony didn’t want to split the user-base with such a huge feature, and opted to save it for their next generation console. The PS5 controller will use a USB Type-C for charging. The larger battery and haptic features make it heavier than the Dualshock 4, but still lighter than the Xbox controller.

The PlayStation 5 will launch in a little over a year, during Holiday 2020.

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Sony Reverses Policy, Opens Cross-Platform Play for Fortnite

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Good news for Fortnite players on PlayStation 4! In a sweeping policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment, they announced a Cross-Play Beta for Fortnite launching today on PlayStation 4. For the first time, Fortnite players will be able to play with players on mobile, Switch, Xbox One, and PC. It also means you can login with one account across PlayStation 4 and other platforms.

Note that since this feature is currently in beta, expect lots of technical hiccups and issues.

“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective,” writes John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”

Previously Sony has been notoriously tight-nit when it comes to cross-platform play. Fortnite’s incredible popularity has finally caused a paradigm shift in company policy (much like Minecraft and Early Access games on consoles). This change can and most likely will also apply to future online games. Kodera goes on to say: “We we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change, […] and what this means for other titles going forward.”

No specific dates or time frames have been announced for the cross-platform beta. Fortnite Battle Royale is currently available on every modern gaming console, and the lines between them are rapidly shrinking.